The October 23 2019 edition of WWE NXT, out of the Full Sail Arena in Winter Park, Florida, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #530 of WWE NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Bianca Belair vs. Rhea Ripley
As both Bianca Belair and Rhea Ripley threw their names in the hat for No. 1 Contender to Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s Championship, this match was set to determine which of them would be the one to face Shayna first (between the two of them, that is, there are many more women on the warpath that very well could get there first).
And as both Bianca and Rhea are powerhouses of the NXT Women’s Division, it only made sense that they would begin the match with a test of strength, each just as determined as the other to prove herself the dominant competitor.
Bianca eventually got Rhea in the corner, but allowed the upper hand to go to her head and lost it when she took focus off the match to taunt her opponent, who smashed into her with a kick to the midsection. The two resumed their battle of brawn, Bianca coming out on top again with a suplex.
After colliding with double facebusters, The EST continued to gain confidence, taunting Rhea Ripley as she laid in strikes in the corner. But she let her self-assurance get the better of her, and allowed Rhea to take advantage with a kick to the face.
From here, Rhea Ripley took control, beating Bianca down both inside of the ring and out, until –
Io Shirai interfered in the match, smashing Rhea with a 619 behind the referee’s back. Shirai handed Bianca her opponent on a silver platter, but Bianca only gained a near fall.
Io was more than happy to continue the assault but was stopped by Candice LeRae before she could get too far. In all the confusion, Bianca Belair attempted to put Rhea away but was caught with a Riptide, losing the match.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
Matt Riddle vs. Cameron Grimes
Looking to end the fight before it began, Cameron Grimes launched himself at Matt Riddle with a finishing attempt the moment the bell rang, but Riddle saw the attack coming and dodged.
Matt Riddle responded with ferocity, smashing into Grimes with strikes followed by a suplex and a Broton. Cameron Grimes persevered but a Jackhammer from Riddle gained the Original Bro a near fall.
Riddle continued his assault on Cameron Grimes until Grimes came back with a German suplex of his own, but Riddle popped back up almost instantly. Back from commercial, Matt Riddle hit a ripcord knee, Bro to Sleep, and a Broman suplex back to back to back, a combo which has put away many competitors before, but Cameron powered out.
In fact, Cameron Grimes responded with a tilt a whirl uranage that nearly kept Riddle down, but ultimately only made Riddle more determined to win.
Riddle took over with a palm strike, following with a superplex for a near fall. When this failed, he climbed the ropes for a Broton, but smashed into Cameron Grimes’ raised knees. Grimes lept into action with a spin kick and a spanish fly, but Matt Riddle kicked out of the accompanying pin.
Matt Riddle was quick to respond, connecting with a Final Flash and a Bro Derek for the win.
Winner: Matt Riddle
The Forgotten Sons vs. Breezango & Isaiah “Swerve” Scott
As The Forgotten Sons got the better of Tyler Breeze and Fandango last week thanks to the numbers advantage, Breezango recruited Isaiah “Swerve” Scott to join their team for the night to even the odds.
Tyler Breeze kicked off the match against Jaxson Ryker, tagging in Swerve when he quickly realized that Ryker was an unyielding opponent. Swerve didn’t have any more luck, however, and gave the ring to Fandango soon after.
Having grown tired of the opposing team’s constant tags, Jaxson Ryker brought Fandango over to his corner, where he was triple-teamed by The Forgotten Sons. But Ryker and his crew held the upper hand for a very short amount of time, as Fandango managed to escape Steve Cutler’s clutches.
Back from commercial, The Forgotten Sons had Tyler Breeze right where they wanted him, Wesley Blake gaining a near fall for his team. After suffering more abuse at the hands of the Sons, Tyler Breeze escaped to his corner, tagging in Fandango, who was taken out by Steve Cutler before tagging Scott.
Swerve came in with a crossbody to Cutler, but, similarly to last week, the triple-team offense was too much for Scott. Luckily, Breezango were there to break up the pin, but Cutler and Blake went right back to teaming up against Scott when the chaos had subsided.
Swerve climbed the ropes to dive onto Cutler and Blake outside of the ring, but Ryker caught up to him, attempting a suplex, but Swerve was able to kick him away, backflipping off Ryker’s chest to hit Cutler and Blake below.
Tyler Breeze tagged in and helped Fandango to slam Rkyer with dual superkicks, but the remaining Forgotten Sons broke the pin. Fandango and Ryker exchanged strikes until Fandango threw himself and Ryker from the ring with a clothesline, leaving Blake and Cutler to take down Scott and Breeze.
But The Forgotten Sons did not anticipate Swerve and Breeze to have the chemistry that they did, and it was this teamwork that led Scott to take the win over Cutler with a massive kick to his head after Breeze had thrown Blake from the ring.
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott & Breezango
Angel Garza vs. Jack Gallagher
With the newly crowned NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush at the announce table to watch the action, Jack Gallagher and Angel Garza went head to head, hoping to gain a shot at the gold.
Angel Garza set the tone of the match immediately, offering Jack Gallagher a handshake, which the Gentleman accepted, only to pull his hand away at the last second.
From here, Angel Garza and Jack Gallagher literally rolled around the ring, each hoping to defeat the other quickly with a crucifix pin. When neither was able to pin the other for a count of three, Jack Gallagher attempted to grab onto Garza with a handful of his tights, which of course are the breakaway variety, allowing him to easily escape.
Garza sprinted to the ropes, bounced off and hit a dropkick before Jack Gallagher had realized what was happening.
Lio Rush was wowed as Jack Gallagher picked Angel Garza apart with his delayed suplex and headbutt, but it was Garza who took the win with his Cielo de la Silla out of nowhere.
Winner: Angel Garza
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Team Kick (Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai) vs. Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships No. 1 Contender Match
Jessamyn Duke went for the quick victory with a kick to the face of Dakota Kai, dragging her to the Horsewomen’s corner for some double-team offense with Marina Shafir when she refused to stay down.
Marina and Jessamyn gained another near fall with a gutbuster/knee strike combo, but again, Kai continued in the match. Dakota separated herself by slamming into Jessamyn on the apron before kicking Marina away from her, giving the ring to Tegan Nox.
Nox and Kai worked together to wear down Marina Shafir, and when Jessamyn Duke prevented them from taking the win, Tegan Nox connected with a Shiniest Wizard, pinning Duke and winning the match.
Post-match, Women’s Tag Team Champions Asuka and Kairi Sane appeared on the tron, where they taunted Nox and Kai ahead of their championship match next week on NXT.
Winner: Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai
Roderick Strong (c) vs. Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic
North American Championship Match
Surprisingly, Roderick Strong came to the ring without his entourage but appeared cool and confident in the knowledge that he had an incredibly difficult challenge awaiting him.
Dijakovic and Lee attempted to corner Strong at ringside shortly after the match began, and though Strong nearly escaped by stomping Dijakovic, he was soon thrown from the ring, leaving Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic to focus solely on each other.
Strong used this to his advantage, waiting to see that Keith Lee had Dominik looking worn in the corner before making his move – and was promptly swatted down by Lee.
Keith Lee climbed the ropes to throw Dijakovic from the top but was thrown out of the ring by a returning strong, who suplexed Dijakovic to the mat himself.
With Keith Lee back in the ring, Roderick Strong found himself tasked with wearing down both giants of NXT, which he failed to do, Dijakovic suplexing Keith Lee onto Strong.
Lee and Dijakovic again honed in on each other, this time at ringside, and Strong again interrupted, sliding into them with a dropkick, but it backfired once more. Dominik Dijakovic wrenched him into the ring, bringing him to the top rope for a suplex, but Keith Lee was right behind them, launching them both in a tower of doom.
Back from commercial, the three superstars exchange strikes in the middle of the ring, Roderick Strong leveling Dominik with a backbreaker before shifting focus to Keith Lee, gaining a near fall with an olympic slam.
Dijakovic and Lee double-teamed Strong again, and as hard as he tried to prevent it, was taken out with an assisted Feast Your Eyes at ringside. Back in the ring, Lee and Dijakovic pulled out all of the stops in an effort to put the other away, Dijakovic hitting an avalanche choke bomb, but Keith Lee kicked out of the pin that would follow.
Dominik Dijakovic sprang for a moonsault aimed at Lee, but hit Roderick Strong instead, who had just begun to climb back into the ring. Keith Lee and Dijakovic ascended the ropes, Lee dropping Dijak in a powerbomb looking for the win, but Roderick Strong was right there to steal it.
Ever the opportunist, Roderick Strong snuck in with a knee strike on a disoriented Keith Lee, retaining his championship.
But as Undisputed Era flooded to the ring to celebrate with their North American Champion, Tommaso Ciampa made his slow march toward the ring, crutch in hand.
The numbers advantage didn’t seem to faze Tommaso in the slightest, which may have been because he had back-up. Back-up in the form of Johnny Gargano and Finn Bálor.
Finn Bálor stepped forward to start the attack on DIY – and pele kicked Johnny Gargano out of nowhere. The Undisputed Era destroyed Tommaso Ciampa in the ring, which Finn Bálor watched calmly before stepping out of the ring to kick Gargano through the barricade before inflicting more damage all the way up to the ramp, leaving with a backward glance at the Era posing in the ring.
Winner: Roderick Strong
NXT Results (October 23 2019)
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